"JSF Good!" Says Rick Hightower
If you have not looked into Spring yet, it is time. Here is why you should!
Grady Booch once said that the great thing about objects is that they can be
replaced. The great thing about Spring is it helps you replace them. With
Spring, you simply inject collaborating objects called dependencies using
JavaBeans properties and configuration files. Then it's easy enough to switch
out collaborating objects when you need to. Spring allows you to dynamically
add services to objects called aspects. This is similar to the Decorator
Design pattern, but does not require you to recompile your code base to apply
these services. This allows you to replace objects with objects that enhance
The ability to inject collaborating objects is often called IoC (inversion of
control). Thus, Spring is an IoC container. If you follow the latest
Time is a brutal enemy of youth and exuberance. Time makes cynics of us all.
Time is the universal truth serum that reveals all authenticity. Time will
tell, but the announcement yesterday by Google may change the faces of AJAX
development, strike that, Google's announcement may change web development
for evermore. This cynic heard an announcement yesterday that changed his
viewpoint and beliefs on the future of web development.
Certainly, in the recent past, the chances of doing an entire application in
AJAX seemed remote for the vast sea of developers. The thought of writing a
Robert F. Kennedy once said, "There is a Chinese curse which says, 'May he
live in interesting times.'" The enterprise Java space is "interesting."
Not too long ago, folks like Bruce Tate, Gavin King, and Rod Johnson were
pushing lightweight frameworks such as Spring and Hibernate, and there is
still a lot of true innovation going on with AspectJ, Spring, Hibernate,
WebWork, JBoss (method invocation handlers), and more. This lightweight POJO
revolution shook the enterprise Java world.
Having endured building applications with EJB 2.x and Struts, using Spring
and Hibernate was lik... (more)
Back before Java became popular, I was a C++ bigot. I programmed in nothing
but C++. I lived, ate and breathed C++. If it wasn't C++, it was rubbish. I
thought C++ was the alpha and omega of object-oriented programming. I had
"operator overloading" for breakfast, "templates" for lunch and "multiple
inheritance" for dinner, and I always went back for seconds.
Then a funny thing happened. I got a new job at another company as a C++
programmer. But they pulled the old bait and switch. Once I started working,
someone suggested writing a good portion of a large project in a scripting ... (more)
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JSF did well in 2007. Let's put it this way: If job demand for the Struts
framework and JSF were a stocks and you invested in it in April of 2005 by
July of 2007 you would barely break even with Struts but with JSF your
investment would have grown 700% as of July 2007. (According to indeed.com.)
Note: Struts continues to do really well; it is still number 1. Yet after
Struts, JSF is doing well and Struts growth is as flat as EJBs.
See how JSF does against all other competitors in Rick's next graph, which
can be found along with the rest of this article at his ... (more)